Our Chaplains

Helen Edmonds

I am a Catholic chaplain at Burwood and the Chaplaincy Coordinator. My passions are people, history, travel, cooking, and theology. Please feel free to contact me if you are looking for any cooking or travel tips, but more importantly, I am here to support you, especially during times of crisis. Throughout the year I coordinate prayer, reflection and workshop opportunities and can provide you with information on religious events on and off campus. I am also keen to develop a community of Catholic students at Burwood, to include off campus students or students from other campuses. I think it is so important that all students feel connected and supported, and I hope this community can provide students with a network of support while at Deakin. Do contact me if you are interested in this idea or if you have any questions or concerns. I am always available to chat.

Helen Edmonds

Rev John Carrick

I'm an Anglican chaplain at Burwood (I'm on campus Wednesday afternoons) as well as the Lead Minister at St Thomas’ Burwood. Come and chat about anything, or contact me via phone or email: I'll help in whatever way I can. There's a sign on our office which states 'Chaplain at work – please disturb', so please do!

Rev John Carrick

Richard Jupp

I'm a Catholic chaplain at Burwood. I’ve recently joined the team after completing a course of study, and my background is in electronics engineering and management. Most recently, I worked for a number of years as Pastoral Associate in Melbourne’s Catholic Archdiocese. I’m delighted to continue my pastoral practice at Deakin.

Richard Jupp Richard Jupp

Imam Riad Galil

I'm Deakin's imam (Muslim) chaplain and I'm based at Burwood. I'm also the Senior Imam at the West Heidelberg Mosque and a chaplain at RMIT. I've got a background in science and industrial chemistry and have worked in both secondary and tertiary institutions for over 20 years. I'm married with 4 children and 9 grandchildren.

Imam Riad Galil

Kian Gee Lim

I'm a chaplain based at Burwood - my first language is Chinese (Mandarin) and I can also fluently speak English, Cantonese, Hokkien and Teochew. I'm also a full-time minister for the Cantonese and Mandarin congregation at St Thomas' Burwood Anglican Church. I have worked and studied in Singapore and the US, I have a background in information technology and libraries, and I have a Masters of Divinity. In particular, I provide support to Chinese international students and can help you cope with your studies and adapting to living in Australia. I was born in Singapore and moved to Australia in 2004. I'm married to Stella and we have three wonderful sons.

Kian Gee Lim

Len Monk

I'm a Catholic chaplain at the Geelong campuses. For the last 25 years, I've undertaken pastoral and community development work for several Catholic parishes in and around Geelong and Werribee, including services to those with a disability and to asylum seekers. I've also worked extensively for local government in South Melbourne, Winchelsea Shire and Corio. I'm married to Anne, with 7 children and 9 grandchildren.

Len Monk

Sarah Weber

I'm one of the chaplains in Geelong. I love being available to care for university students and see them thrive at uni. I enjoy doing life with them and being there to answer all sorts of questions they have. University can be a stressful and lonely time, particularly for international students and staff, and so I value the opportunity to support them any way I can. Chaplaincy at Deakin is a most rewarding and enriching experience and it’s a privilege to share life and faith with this next generation of leaders.

Sarah Weber

Don Stewart

I'm a Catholic chaplain at the Warrnambool Campus. I work in Biomedical Engineering and have a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics) from RMIT. I'm a late starter in the Chaplaincy area. My faith tradition is Christianity as practiced in the Catholic Church. This led me to complete a Clinical Pastoral Education program through St John of God Hospital in 2012. I subsequently became a chaplain here at Deakin at the end of that year. My role involves offering emotional and spiritual support to students and staff, regardless of religious affiliation or belief. I love keeping active (basketball, jogging, cycling and the occasional surf on my esky lid – body board!), playing in folk bands (I've performed 17 times at the Port Fairy Folk Festival), travelling, hiking and good coffee. I’ve been married to my wife Katherine for 32 years and we have 4 children but are now 'empty nesters'.

Don Stewart
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